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Also Known As: Rob Iscove Died:
Born: July 4, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: director, choreographer, producer

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Robert Iscove began his career as a choreographer, working on stage and screen with such notable projects as "Peter Pan" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" and put his fluid visual approach to good use as a director for television moving into film in the late 1990s. A successful and prolific television director for much of the 80s and early 90s, Iscove made an initial splash in the early 70s, choreographing music and variety specials for stars including Burt Bacharach, Ann-Margret and Dorothy Hamill. A 1983 ice skating infused production of "Romeo & Juliet" starring the latter was one of Iscove's early directing and producing as well as choreographing credits, and the special, titled "Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice" earned him Daytime Emmy honors for his directing efforts.

Robert Iscove began his career as a choreographer, working on stage and screen with such notable projects as "Peter Pan" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" and put his fluid visual approach to good use as a director for television moving into film in the late 1990s. A successful and prolific television director for much of the 80s and early 90s, Iscove made an initial splash in the early 70s, choreographing music and variety specials for stars including Burt Bacharach, Ann-Margret and Dorothy Hamill. A 1983 ice skating infused production of "Romeo & Juliet" starring the latter was one of Iscove's early directing and producing as well as choreographing credits, and the special, titled "Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice" earned him Daytime Emmy honors for his directing efforts.

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  Boys and Girls (2000) Director

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1972:
Had early TV credit as choreographer of the ABC special "Burt Bacharach: Close to You"
1973:
Choreographed Norman Jewison's big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "Jesus Christ Superstar"
1975:
Was choreographer of two Ann-Margret NBC special, "Ann-Margret Olsson" and "Ann-Margret Smith"
1976:
Choreographed "The Dorothy Hamill Special" (ABC), a musical variety program hosted by the popular figure skater
1976:
Was choreographer for the feature "The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox", starring Goldie Hawn
1977:
Reteamed with Ann-Margret, choreographing the NBC country-western themed "Ann-Margret... Rhinestone Cowgirl"
1978:
Directed "Mary" (CBS), Mary Tyler Moore's short-lived stab at a comedy-variety series
1979:
Was director and choreographer of the Broadway revival of "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan
1983:
Worked with figure skating champion Hamill again, as producer and director as well as choreographer of the CBS special "Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice"; won Daytime Emmy Award
1987:
Directed the turn-of-the-century prep school-set "American Playhouse" (PBS) production "The Prodigious Hickey", "The Little Mermaid" installment of Showtime's "Faerie Tale Theatre" and NBC's fantastical TV-movie "The Incredible Ida Early"
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Helmed several episodes of the noirish CBS crime series "Wiseguy"
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Directed episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated), "21 Jump Street" (Fox) and "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1990:
Was director of the TV-movies "Murder in Black & White", an installment of the Janek detective series starring Richard Crenna and "Shattered Dreams" (both CBS), a fact-based look at high society domestic violence
1992:
Moved into action-adventure territory as director of the World War II TV-movie "Mission of the Shark" and director and co-producer the San Francisco earthquake drama "Miracle on I-880" (both CBS)
1992:
Helmed "Terror on Track 9" (CBS), the next installment of the adventures of New York police detective Frank Janek
1993:
Handled high drama as producer and director of the CBS TV-movies "Dying to Love You" and "River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene"
1994:
Helmed and produced the Janek entries "The Forget-Me-Not Murders" and "A Silent Betrayal" (both CBS)
1994:
Was producer and director of the similarly named but differently themed "Without Consent" (ABC) and "Without Warning" (CBS), a psychiatric hospital-set drama and sci-fi asteroid disaster flick respectively
1995:
Produced and helmed the fact-based CBS telepic "It Was Him or Us"
1996:
Was producer and director of the short-lived, edgy Fox drama series "Profit"
1996:
Directed and produced Fox's action TV-movie "Dark Angel"
1997:
Helmed the gripping TV-movie psychodrama "Murder in Mind" for CBS
1997:
Received an Emmy nomination for directing the updated, multicultural TV-movie remake "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella", starring Brandy and Whitney Houston
1999:
Made feature directorial debut with the updated "Pygmalion" revisit "She's All That"; first teaming with star Freddie Prinze Jr
2000:
Returned to the big screen as helmer of the romantic comedy "Boys and Girls", starring Prinze
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Notes

Robert Iscove on the mix of romance and laughs in his films: "A lot of the teen films I've read are very one-level, but in the best high school movies, especially the early John Hughes movies like 'Pretty in Pink', 'Sixteen Candles' or 'The Breakfast Club', the comedy and the romanticism go hand-in-hand. 'She's All That' has humor, along with great heart and warmth. I didn't want the humor to overwhelm the heart." --quoted in the press materials for his directorial debut "She's All That", 1999

Iscove on the advantages that a director with TV experience offers: "I showed Harvey [Weinstein] a cut of this movie ["She's All That"] in mid-October, which was 2-1/2 weeks after we stopped shooting. Because of my experience in TV, I could do that. My team was used to working that quickly with me." --quoted in the Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2000

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son:
Jonathan David Iscove. Born on April 21, 1975.
son:
Adam Iscove. Production assistant. Born on August 3, 1976.
daughter:
Emily Iscove. Born on January 21, 1987.

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